Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morristown, NJ

You never know when illness or injury is going to strike a child in your life or the life of someone you know. The Action For Distraction 5K was started when a 10 year old from Long Valley realized the importance of being distracted while in the hospital. Zach Rice was in perfect health one minute, and spent the next two years in and out of hospitals with a rare septic hip infection and resulting Avascular Necrosis. Come support Zach, along with this year's "Face of the Race," who has recently  needed Goryeb Children's Hospital like Zach did, along with the 50,000 kids who need treatment there each year!

Meet Mackenzie Rice

While her brother's external fixator may have been more dramatic, Mackenzie is holding her own in the surgery department.  After fracturing her ankle several times, fate finally brought us to an appointment with Dr. Minkowitz, who noticed that her tibias were growing bent.  On April 5th, 2016, Mackenzie had a guided growth procedure that placed several plates and pins in both her ankles and tibias.  She came home with a cast on not just one, but BOTH her legs, and four inches worth of stitches across both her knees.  The hardware stayed in for about a year and a half while she continued growing, and she had surgery to remove the metal on September 19th, 2017, coming out of the hospital this time with staples instead of stitches, since her body spit the dissolving stitches the first time around! On a daily regiment of Vitamin D and surrounded by bone health issues between her own experience, her brother's avascular necrosis, her aunt breaking her hip twice, her grandmother fracturing her femur and her mother needing spinal surgery to replace herniated discs,  Mackenzie wanted to take what she learned from helping with the Action For Distraction , and create her own event with Dr. Minkowitz and Atlantic Health to promote bone health awareness, and raise money for research!